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Address: Malindi, Kenya
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Day Trip to Malindi and Watamu

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Other than the pillar, nothing else to do really

My wife and I went back to this pillar in August 2016 after last visiting it in 1987 and there was nothing new except that this time, there was a small fee of US$ 1 per person to... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Daniel J
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Nairobi, Kenya
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Nairobi, Kenya
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50 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I went back to this pillar in August 2016 after last visiting it in 1987 and there was nothing new except that this time, there was a small fee of US$ 1 per person to see the pillar. Once you have taken your photos, there is nothing else to do other than gaze at the ocean horizons.... More 

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Thank Daniel J
Nairobi Region, Kenya
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11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view was amazing, the sound of the waves crashing against the rocks was calming and just made me want to stand there all day. There is a plaque with a brief history of the pillar which is useful, especially if you do not want to hire a guide.

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Thank Maddie Y
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40 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Why on earth Vasco da Gama chose to come ashore here is beyond me. The Pillar does not improve the site one bit. It's the ultimate " Why did we bother going there" destination and they charge you money!

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Nottingham
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19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

I read the other reviews before visiting. We bought a ticket for the pillar, museum and church. It was a good relaxing afternoon. The pillar is built from limestone, not concrete, as one reviewer said, and paying for a ticket (500ksh) lets you walk right up to the pillar and enjoy the view/take photos - I could not see how... More 

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Thank NigelWNottingham
Nairobi, Kenya
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016

The site was quite breathtaking, seeing the vastness of the indian ocean and the beautiful history behind it all. Worthy stopover whilst in Malindi

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Thank 898sharon
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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42 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

We visited in about 15 min and liked it - we paid 300 ksh for one of the official guides to give us a 5 minute history of the area. Pretty cool photo opportunity and nice view of the bay!

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Thank Kereuter
Northampton, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2016

Taken here by our regular Tuk-tuk driver and I thank him for that. Not much to do but admire the spot and learn the history. Great photographic value

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Thank John T
Nairobi, Kenya
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16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

a nice place to visit and take photos when you are in Malindi. Very close to the town and the view is amazing

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Thank Cynthia I
Kisumu, Kenya
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

had a great view of the beach and the bay. the pillar has a cross with a coat of arms embedded on the top.

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Thank Sharon O
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015 via mobile

A quick visit to a monument to this great brave explorer. The entrance ticket includes a museum and chapel visit . A cross with a coat of arms that was brought all the way from Portugal is embedded on the top of the pillar ! You also get a great view of the bay and the beach .

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